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Basic Principles and Introduction to Disinfectants and Antiseptics for Skin, Mucosa, and Wounds

  • Elisabeth PresterlEmail author
  • Magda Diab-El SchahawiEmail author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
  • Helga Paula
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
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Abstract

An antiseptic is a chemical used in medicine to prevent wound infection and, subsequently, sepsis. They are used in wound care as a therapeutic as well as a preventive measure. Unlike antimicrobial therapeutics (antibiotics), antiseptics are applied to the surface of nonliving objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects.

Keywords

Antiseptic Disinfectant 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Presterl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Magda Diab-El Schahawi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
    • 1
  • Helga Paula
    • 1
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Hygiene and Infection ControlMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK

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